Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The N.Y. Times (here) reports that the heightened border enforcement efforts over the last few months have deterred migration from Mexico. According to the Times, all along the border, there are signs that the measures the Border Patrol and other federal agencies have taken over the last year are beginning to slow the flow of illegal immigrants. The only available barometer of the decline, however, is how many migrants are caught. In the last four months, the number has dropped 27 percent compared with the same period last year, the biggest drop since a crackdown immediately after 9/11.
We will have to wait and see whether the border measures are effective in the longer run.